May/June 2018

 May/June 2018

Issue Features

Cover Species: Rose-breasted Grosbeak by Edward Kanze

Where Went the Whip-poor-will? by Bill Williams

The Sea Eagle of Temnac Valley by Harriet Davidson

Thieves' Night Out: An Exploration of Avian Kleptoparasitism by Philip C. Whitford

Optics Review: Swarovski BTX Spotting Scope by Ben Lizdas

Just in time for the return of a beautiful bird with a beautiful voice, Ed Kanze provides an appreciation of rose-breasted grosbeaks, and recalls a gut-wrenching encounter. Photo by John Harrison / Wikimedia.

In the Backyard

Of Hummingbird Nectar and Woodpeckers Who Read by Tom Dollar

My Chickadee Epiphany by Eli J. Knapp

Creative Reuse Is for the Birds by Dottie Hokkanen

Could a nectar feeder branded "For Hummingbirds Only" deter persistent Gila woodpeckers? Photo by Dale Southern.

Columns & Departments

Letters from Readers

Quick Takes by Paul J. Baicich

Migrations: Ancient Harmony: Alien but Linked by Scott Weidensaul

Identify Yourself: You Can Do Dowitchers! by Alvaro Jaramillo

Birders Question Mark by Mark S. Garland

Spotlight on Rhode Island

Pete's Tips: Binocular Secrets Revealed! by Pete Dunne

True Nature: Pigeons, Naturally by Julie Zickefoose

Far Afield: Oregon's Woodpecker Woods by John Shewey

Birding Photography: Point and Shoot by Jim McCormac

Watching Bird Behavior: Backyard Bird Behavior by David M. Bird

How Would a Winter Wren Sound in a Yellow Submarine? by Al Batt

Book Notes

The Well-Equipped Birder: iNaturalist: A Pocket Field Guide to Everything in the World by Andy Jones

Long-billed and short-billed dowitchers are nearly identical. Nearly. bird ID guru Alvaro Jaramillo explains exactly what to look and listen for to distinguish them like a pro! Photo by M.L. Baird / Wikimedia.

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